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The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - James Whale

One of the biggest films that James Whale ever directed was 1931's Frankenstein. The movie was so big that Universal Pictures asked Whale to come back and helm a sequel; thus The Bride of Frankenstein was born. This film is filled with suspense and terror, cheers and jeers. The Bride of Frankenstein is a rare type of movie; this is a sequel that actually holds its own when it goes toe to toe with its predecessor. 
I have been watching a lot of James Whale horror movies lately; he must have been one of the hardest working horror directors in the 30's. This movie is very special and acts as sort of a platform for Whale to express his sexuality. Although not outlandishly displayed it is speculated that the movie has huge homosexual overtones: The relationship between the hermit and the monster, and the relationship between Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Pretorius are two overt examples. This movie has been torn apart by modern film scholars. 
The movie starts right where the last movie l…